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USMNT defender Chris Richards (leg) out of World Cup

Jan 27, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; United States defender Chris Richards (15) dribbles the ball while El Salvador midfielder Alexander Roldan (15) defends during a CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Qualifier soccer match at Lower.com Field. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

U.S. Men’s National Team defender Chris Richards announced Tuesday that he will miss the upcoming World Cup with the leg injury that has sidelined him since August.

The news comes a day before USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter announces his final squad for the tournament in Qatar.

“Gutted that this injury has ruled me out of the world cup but i know that the boys will go crazy regardless … will be rooting for y’all the whole way,” Richards posted to his Instagram page.

Richards, 22, plays for Crystal Palace in the Premier League. He has eight caps for Team USA, including five qualifiers over the past year.

Fellow American defender Miles Robinson also is out of the Word Cup after sustaining an Achilles injury.

The U.S. open its World Cup action against Wales on Nov. 21.

–Field Level Media